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OPINION | Sale 8 not taking knee to support Black Lives Matter? That’s just another day in rugby

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Sale Sharks  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Sale Sharks (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Seeing eight white South African members of the Sale Sharks team standing while others knelt in support of Black Lives Matter was nothing more than an irritation, but it confirmed that rugby still has some way to go to wash away its image of racial division.

This might be news to the "Sale Eight" and the two other England-based South Africans who refused to kneel, but rugby is still seen to harbour racism, in overt, covert, subconscious or systematic manner.

That they wore RFU-mandated "Rugby Against Racism" shirts can only be interpreted as singing for their meaty lunch, protecting their pay cheques, while enjoying the glut of privilege that earning your salary in pounds provides, and accounting to no one for your moral and social stance.

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